All sleeping mats discounted by 33% until the end of the year: How to choose in our offer?
The sleeping mat is such an invisible hero of camping. Attention is focused on sleeping bags and tents, but sleeping mats are the key element in separating our bodies from the cold and hard ground. Without a good quality mat, it just won't be fun, and that's even with the best sleeping bag.
That's why, in addition to our 33% discount on all tents, we've added the option to get any of our range of sleeping mats at the same discount. The promotion is valid until 31.12.2022!
Mats are one of the key things for a good night's sleep outdoors. Their job is to give you enough comfort to separate from the ground and at the same time isolate the cold from the ground. With a well-chosen mat, you can sleep on virtually any surface and help protect your body from the cold and other related side effects that could potentially endanger your health.
Insulation abilities of the sleeping pad - choose according to the thermal resistance
Since safety is more important than comfort, it can be said that the most important task of a mat is its insulating ability. In order for the mat to be able to effectively insulate the cold from the ground, specialized materials and specific constructions of mats are used for this purpose. The overall effectiveness of these two factors in terms of thermal insulation is referred to as “R” and means thermal resistance. The higher the thermal resistance of the mat, the better it insulates the cold from the ground.
The thermal resistance of mats expresses the coefficient of thermal conductivity lambda and the material's resistance to heat loss. The same thermal resistance system (EN 12667: 2001) is used to measure the thermal insulation of buildings, but until January 2021, there was no standard for measuring this value in the outdoor industry. To simplify the overview, we have created our own system for stating the value of thermal resistance, reflecting long-term testing and subjective evaluation. We applied a simple rule: a mat with a thermal resistance of 5.0 is five times warmer than a mat with a thermal resistance of 1.0.
In January 2021, a new standard, ASTM F3340-18, was published and has become the new universal standard for evaluating the thermal resistance of sleeping mats. We have adopted this standard as well, but we have continued to retain our original system in our product name. So the name of the mats continues to be a very accurate indication of the thermal resistance you can expect.
Sleeping pad comfort - depends on the type, budget, and preferences
The three basic types of mats that we also include in our product portfolio are foam mats, self-inflating mats, and inflatable mats. All of them fulfill their purpose of hiking or camping, but all types offer other advantages and disadvantages.
Foam sleeping pads
Foam sleeping pads are the simplest form of mats and are among the most basic. Their advantage is that they are very light, affordable, and cannot be pierced. For fans of ultralight hiking, there is also one specific advantage - such mats can be easily shortened to the required size with a knife or scissors, thus saving additional grams and extra space.
Foam mats can be used separately, especially in the warmer months, they also serve as a seat pads, but when sleeping they are not as comfortable as air-filled mats. They are very often used as a second mat under another, air-filled mat. In such a combination, the thermal insulation from the ground is increased and, in addition, this system protects the upper mat from the risk of damage.
Self-inflating sleeping pads
Self-inflating mats combine foam insulation and air insulation. After opening the air supply, the foam begins to expand and expels air into the mat. There are many levels in the world of self-inflating mats, but such mats are generally more comfortable and compact than foam mats. By regulating the amount of air, it is easy to adjust them exactly to your taste. And there is less risk of damage and puncture than air-filled mats.
Inflatable sleeping pads
In inflatable mats, air plays a key role as an insulator, although better and more robust mats are also equipped with various insulating layers or a heat-reflecting surface that reflects your body heat back to you, while the cold from the ground goes back down from it.
Mats filled with air are very comfortable, light and compact. Their thickness is variable, so there are inflatable mats for warm months, but also for the harsher winter.
Their disadvantage is that the threat of a puncture is relatively real, but the repair is very simple and for all better outdoor brands it is standard, which also applies for us, that the set for such a repair is supplied with a mat.
The mats can be inflated in various ways, ideally using a hand pump that does not let moisture from the mouth into the mat.